Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Preview: Bayern Munich welcome their perennial rival Borussia Dortmund in what is the most anticipated match in the Bundesliga. The game will be played in the Allianz Arena this Saturday for the 28th game-week in the German top flight this season.
This fixture is famously known as the Der Klassiker since it sees the two most historic and successful clubs in Germany battle for supremacy over each other.
The home side are almost there at the finish line, and it is a matter of time till they are crowned the Champions once again.
But after having lost against Leipzig in their previous league game, they will not want to taste defeat yet again to yet another formidable opponent and lose precious momentum towards the end of the season.
The traveling side, on the other hand, sit 3rd in the table and are not assured of the top 4 places. They are just 4 points better than the 5th place and anything can happen come the end of the season. They have recently been on a nice run in the Bundesliga, and they will like that to continue so that they avoid the risk of finishing outside the top four.
Thiago is back in contention after sitting the previous game out due to a foot injury.
Robben absent from the last match should also come back in to make the squad.
Despite rapid progress in fitness, Manuel Neuer still remains sidelined due to the foot injury.
Likewise, Coman is also out due to an ankle injury.
English teenager, Jadon Sancho has stepped up his recovery and could feature on the bench.
Midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko is nursing a foot injury and is unlikely to participate.
Similarly, Eric Durm (ankle), Kagawa (ankle) and Rode (groin) are the other injury absentees from the squad.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Lineups (Predicted XI)
Bayern Munich Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Alaba (LB), Boateng (LCB), Hummels (RCB), Kimmich (RB)
Thiago (CM), Vidal (CM)
James (LM), Muller (CAM), Robben (RM)
Borussia Dortmund Lineup (4-5-1)
Schmelzer (LB), Torpak (LCB), Akanji (RCB), Piszczek (RB)
Reus (LM), Gotze (LCM), Weigl (CM), Pulisic (RCM), Phillips (RM)
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
This is a clash of titans and two not only German but also European powerhouses and in matches as such, it is impossible to make concrete predictions.
Although it is clear that the home side are a better team with better individuals, there is not much at stake for them in the Bundesliga. Instead, their focus will be on the Champions League game against Sevilla and that is where complacency might creep in.
So, Dortmund may well take advantage of this also considering that a victory will leave them at a strong position to finish in the top four.
Thus, we predict that the traveling team will just about edge this contest with the scoreline of two goals to one.
Our Prediction: 1-2 win for Borussia Dortmund